Rain was the main role player on the third day of the Coca-Cola Khaya Majola Week in Durban. Of the morning’s Twenty20 matches, none produced a result due to the relentless showers. In the afternoon’s round of matches only the one between Free State and Northerns got underway.
Free State defeated Northerns in the only result produced on the day. Their hero, Nico Loubser produced an all-round performance grabbing two wickets for only 20 runs as well as contributing 39 runs with the bat. He faced only 20 deliveries of which he struck four big maximums. Opening batsman, Christian Steyn (45*) saw Free State home, but was also involved in a few run outs.
Easterns’ opening batsman, Wickus Germishuizen (67) recorded the highest innings of the day to continue his good form at Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) national weeks. Germishuizen has accumulated 142 runs at this year’s tournament thus far, at an average of 71 runs per innings. He has yet to score a century as Daniël Griesel of Mpumalanga is the only centurion of the tournament thus far. Griesel is also the only batsman to have scored more runs than the former in Durban.
Germishuizen has scored a century for the last three years at each of the three national weeks he has participated in. He scored 136 runs against Griqualand West in 2010 at the national U15 tournament. He averaged an outstanding 200 runs per innings during this tournament.
He also played at the national U17 tournament in 2011 and 2012 in Bloemfontein and Cape Town respectively. In Bloemfontein he scored 101 runs in his side’s match against Zimababwe, in the Mother City he totalled 297 runs at an average of 59.4 runs per innings. He recorded his century (131) against Limpopo at this tournament.
Summarised Scorecards (Twenty/20):
Mpumalanga 122/6 (Daniël Griesel 39*; Sintu Manjezi 3/9); Eastern Province did not bat. No result.
Easterns 122/7 (Wickus Germishuizen 67; Andrew Rasemenya 2/6); Northerns did not bat. No result.
Namibia 29/2 (Malan Kruger 23*); Gauteng did not bat. No result.
Free State 25/4 (Schoeman Botha 3/8). Boland did not bat. No result.
Limpopo 27/2 (Ryan Botha 16*; Ngazibini Sigwili 2/8). Border did not bat. No result.
KwaZulu-Natal Inland 51/0 (Sohail Mahmood 27); Griqualand West did not bat. No result.
KwaZulu-Natal 74/6 (Mekhalin Naidoo 22*, Andile Phehlukwayo 21*; Jan Oberholzer 3/3). South Western Districts did not bat. No result.
Western Province 26/0 (Clyde Fortuin 16*); North West did not bat. No result.
Northerns 108/6 (Stefan Klopper 30*; Nico Loubser 2/20); Free State 109/7 (Christian Steyn 45*, Nico Loubser 31; Driaan Bruwer 2/16). Free State won by seven wickets.
The fixtures for Day 4 (Limited Overs):
Western Province vs. KwaZulu-Natal (Smith Oval, Kearsney College)
Gauteng vs. Eastern Province (Matterson Field, Kearsney College)
Border vs. Easterns (Osler Field, Kearsney College)
Northerns vs. Boland (Berea Rovers)
Namibia vs. Free State (Crusaders)
South Western Districts vs. North West (Northwood)
Griqualand West vs. Limpopo (Glenwood)
Mpumalanga vs. KwaZulu-Natal Inland (Tills Crescent)